• Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic featured in NFSA official collection

    Actor, Michala Banas surrounded by the crew during filming of Season Two of Shakespeare Republic on location. Photo by Billy Smedley. We are absolutely thrilled to share that we have been included in the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia curated showcase of Australia’s Best Online & Web Series, entitled Zombies, Puppets & Shakespeare! Seasons One & Two of Shakespeare Republic were invited to be part of the official NFSA collection in 2018 and they have chosen to feature Michala Banas’ wonderful portrayal of “Phebe” (As You Like It) from Season One in this new showcase of web series from around Australia – available to view now on their…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) wins Best Film at the 2020 Falstaff Awards

    We are absolutely thrilled to share that our current season, Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles), has just been announced as the “Best Film” Award Winner at the 2020 Falstaff Awards presented by PlayShakespeare.com! We were hugely honoured to be only one of two productions nominated in this category alongside the ground-breaking The Show Must Go Online (UK), helmed by the amazing Robert Myles and produced by the fabulous Sarah Peachey (both of whom are also members of the Republic, appearing as lead ensemble in our current season). Honourable mentions for the Falstaff Awards Best Film category went to National Theatre Live at Home (UK), the Shakespeare’s Globe (UK), and the Stratford…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Video

    Sally McLean talks all things Shakespeare and Republic on the Bard Brunch podcast out of NYC

    Sally McLean was delighted to be invited onto the Bard Brunch podcast, broadcasting internationally out of New York City on Sunday, January 17, 2021 – chatting with host, Genny Yosco, about all things Shakespeare Republic. Just click on the video above to hear her full interview! More news coming soon, so … stay tuned! 😉 The Republic team

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Video

    Republic creator/director interviewed on ABC Radio about latest season of the series

    Sally McLean was delighted to be invited onto Saturday Afternoon on ABC Radio, broadcasting nationally out of Melbourne on Saturday, December 12th, 2020 – chatting with host, the fabulous Shelley Ware, about all things Shakespeare Republic. Just click on the video above to hear her full interview! More news coming soon, so … stay tuned! 😉 The Republic team

  • Behind The Scenes,  Episodes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Four awards, twelve official selections and over 70,000 views – Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage update

    Since we began broadcasting the new stand-alone season of Shakespeare Republic back in August, things have been going from strength to strength with the series. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has now released 23 of it’s 24 episodes, featuring actors from all over the world, exploring Shakespeare’s characters in lockdown, all using Shakespeare’s original monologues and soliloquies. The new season has been officially selected for twelve international film festivals and webfests to date, including New York City Web Fest, Sydney Web Fest, Cinema Jove, Near Nazareth Film Festival and the Nightpiece International Film Festival. It has now won four awards to date, including Best International Series and Best Director…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    The experiment continues … #Shakespeare Republic – the global edition

    In what is now a tradition on the eve before the premiere of a new season, Shakespeare Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, reflects on the past four months and how she came to be directing a “surprise” edition of her critically acclaimed web series during a global pandemic while in lockdown. The pandemic that has the globe in it’s clutches right now has given us all a new sense of weird. When it first began, responses ranged from blithe dismissal to low-level anxiety. We distracted ourselves with baking (sourdough apparently a favourite), learning the limitations of Zoom, divesting supermarket shelves of toilet paper and reassuring ourselves that restrictions would only be…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    Our new series “Dark Arcadia” is an ACF BOOST Funding recipient!

    We have the exciting announcement that we are one of the lucky recipients of the 2020 Australian Cultural Fund BOOST Grant Program!  Selected from all art forms across Australia in a highly competitive funding round, we are one of 22 independent artists, small groups and art organisations selected to receive this funding boost from the Australian Government for our new mini web series Dark Arcadia. So, how does this work? We are now running a crowdfunding campaign throughout May via the ACF, with the aim to raise $3,500 in donations. If we are successful in reaching our target, the Australian Federal Government, via Creative Partnerships Australia will match that amount, dollar-for-dollar, in the form of a grant to go towards…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Celebrating The Bard,  Project Updates,  Team,  Video

    New special season of Shakespeare Republic has launched! #AllTheWebsAStage #TheLockdownEdition

    On the final day of this anniversary week for the Republic, which culminated with a Republic history-making first – our first livestream launch for the series (see video above) – Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, muses on the journey so far … When I first had the idea for Shakespeare Republic, many moons ago just after I finished working for the BBC in London in the late 1990’s, little did I know what it would grow to become – once I found the courage and means to make it a reality. Fast forward to five years ago, after a round of phone calls to a few of my favourite actors in…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic featured in new academic textbook to be published by Routledge

    Shakespeare Republic is the subject of an entire chapter written by Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, for the forthcoming academic textbook Playfulness in Shakespearean Adaptations, due for publication globally by Routledge this July! Sally was approached by the fabulous editors of the book (Marina & Aidan – shout out to both of you!) and invited to submit an abstract (essentially an academic pitch document) for consideration in early 2018, and her chapter was subsequently given the green light for inclusion. After several drafts (huge thanks to Dr Steinar Ellingsen for his expert guidance at the beginning of this process!) and a round of editing suggestions from Marina and Aidan, the final chapter…

  • Celebrating The Bard,  Discussion

    The Show Must Go Online – A kindred spirit in the online Shakespeare world

    Looking for some brand new productions of Shakespeare to watch during this time of quarantine and lockdown? Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean was recently part of a brilliant new initiative out of the UK – The Show Must Go Online – playing “Katherina” in The Taming Of The Shrew in their second live reading performance opposite an extraordinary cast of actors from all over the globe performing the whole play live online from their respective homes! Actors based in the USA, UK, Canada and Germany, with Sally from Australia, played live to a global audience – and you can watch the whole thing, as it happened in the video above! Described as a new and highly engaging form…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic Season Two finishes its festival run, plus … our next project looms for 2020 …

    Eva Torkkola with Sally McLean & Billy Smedley at the 2019 Sydney WebFest Awards Night It has been a busy, crazy year for the Republic team and we have sadly neglected this blog as a result, for which we apologise! That said, if you are a subscriber to our newsletter, you will have been getting regular updates and if you have been following our social media, you’ll be pretty much fully in the loop. But for those who aren’t doing those two things, then here’s a quick recap of the past six months to round out 2019 … MELBOURNE WEBFEST 2019 Above: Kate Whitbread, Mike Cowap, Ron Brown, Sally McLean and Clayton…

  • Screenings & Festivals

    Three more awards for Shakespeare Republic & we screened at Cannes!

    June already?! This year is moving FAST! There are a few things that have been going on in the Republic camp that we’d like to share, including our recent French Premiere in Cannes, the amazing new trophies we get to add to our mantelpiece from London & Cannes and another official selection for the series on the international festival circuit! So let’s get on with it! OUR FRENCH PREMIERE! SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC SCREENED AS A FINALIST AT THE COTE D’AZUR WEBFEST IN CANNES! Shakespeare Republic (Season Two) had it’s French Premiere as a Finalist at the Côte d’Azur WebFest which took place during the 72nd Festival de Cannes as part of…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Team

    #OzflixLovesTheBard! New competition in conjunction with Mr Moto & Ozflix!

    Competition Time! To celebrate Shakespeare Republic streaming exclusively on Ozflix and being in development for Season Three, our fabulous Marketing sponsor, Mr Moto (Print & Distribution, Digital Screen Event Advertising) is helping us spread the word around #Melbourne with an awesome postcard and digital screen promotion in over 70 locations around town (and beyond!). And you get to be part of the fun! Here’s how … Simply #SnapASelfie with one of our snazzy postcards around Melbourne (be as creative as you like!); OR #SnapASelfie with our ad as it plays on one of Mr Moto’s digital screens found in over 70 locations; THEN Upload your selfie to your socials on…

  • Sally McLean works with HFAS Full Time grad, Cameron Duncan in 2018 as resident Shakespeare teacher at Howard Fine Acting Studios Australia.
    Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    NEW DATES: Playing The Bard: Shakespeare In Performance returns to Howard Fine Acting Studio!

    “Playing The Bard” will now be running at Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia from Tuesday May 21 until June 25, and we’re excited to get back into the work! Shakespeare Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean is bringing back her own unique take on the Bard and the technique she uses when working with her award-winning Republic cast, for another six week course that will help actors truly make Shakespeare’s words their own! “Sally’s knowledge of Elizabethan times as well as Shakespeare’s works was out of this world.” HEATHER ALLARDYCE (Actor) This six week course will enable actors to delve deep into Shakespeare’s text, create place and embody character, bringing Shakespeare’s words truly to…

  • Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic has the highest viewing figures of any launch on the Ozflix platform!

    What a week it’s been! This time last week, Shakespeare Republic producers, Sally McLean and Billy Smedley, were getting ready to head over to ACMI in Melbourne for the presenter’s rehearsal for the 2019 Ozflix Independent Film Awards taking place that night. So much has happened concerning the Republic since then, it seems almost impossible that seven days have passed! But they have, so, with no more ado, let’s get to sharing the news! 2019 OZFLIX INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS What a fantastic night of celebrating Australian Independent Film the 2019 Ozzies at the Australian Museum for the Moving Image were! So much love in the room from and for Aussie…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    Shakespeare Republic acquired by National Film & Sound Archive!

    March has turned out to be a wonderful and busy month for the Republic! We are delighted to announce that the entire Shakespeare Republic series (both Seasons One & Two) is now part of the official collection at the NFSA (National Film & Sound Archive) of Australia! As part of their remit to “collect and preserve significant Australian audiovisual productions”, we received a request from them to lodge the series in their archives for posterity early last year. As of this week, copies of all episodes produced to date, plus scripts, stills, behind the scenes footage and more are now catalogued and secure in their archives and on record for as long…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic streaming globally in new home and more news coming this week!

    We are so delighted to share with everyone that Shakespeare Republic has a new home as of April 1 – with the fabulous Australian streaming service Ozflix! The work of the Republic will be streaming globally alongside some of Australia’s greatest feature films, including Mad Max, Romper Stomper, The Castle, The Man From Snowy River, Proof, Animal Kingdom, Wolf Creek, Kenny, Muriel’s Wedding, the list goes on, as well as short films featuring Guy Pearce, Sigrid Thornton, Jack Thompson, Ditch Davey and more and the new strand of Aussie web series, set to take on the world! We would like to thank Ron Brown and the Ozflix team for all their…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Latest Shakespeare Republic press, Sally’s new work with Shakespeare and yes, we’re doing Season Three! #Shakespeare #filmmaking

    Happy Friday! Things don’t seem to be slowing down around here, but that won’t stop us from doing this final update this week to get you up to speed about what’s been happening over the past couple of months! So let’s get to it! PRESS COVERAGE ROUND UP We’ve had some lovely press coverage about our work with Shakespeare Republic and our Creator, Sally McLean over the last couple of months and here’s a quick list of some of the bigger stuff in case you missed the links on social media: How Do You Do You? Sally McLean – November 2018 In depth interview on podcast “How Do You Do…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Noosa International Film Festival trip, David Williamson interview & more Speaking Daggers news! #Shakespeare #film #filmmaking

    Part 2 of our final quarter ’round up of news from the Republic featuring Speaking Daggers and O, Mistress Mine … read on to find out about our latest clutch of awards and more! Over the past three months, we’ve  had our short film Speaking Daggers continue on it’s international film festival tour, and what a run we’ve been having! Since our last update, the film has been officially selected for the Cape Town International Film Festival in South Africa, Île Courts International Short Film Festival in Mauritius and the Fisheye Film Festival in the UK, where it was also nominated for “Best Hair & Make Up”! We were also delighted to…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    It takes a village – latest news from the Shakespeare Republic trenches and appreciation post for the web series community #Shakespeare #webseries #filmmaking

    Happy December! It’s been an extraordinary year and we’d like to thank everyone for continuing to support the Republic as beautifully as you have. Knowing such support is out there for the work keeps our energy levels up and the engines firing for the next leg of the project and we are very grateful to all of you. Today, we are in a rather reflective mood and filled to the brim with affection and appreciation for the community we are so proud to be a part of. We have so much news to share, that we’ve decided to do a series of updates this week to fill you all in…

  • Celebrating The Bard,  Team

    “Playing The Bard” returns to Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia in September #Shakespeare #class #teaching

    We are so delighted to announce that Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean will be returning to Howard Fine Acting Studios Australia with her popular course “Playing The Bard: Shakespeare In Performance” from Wednesday, September 12th! Sally first taught this new course in April/May this year with a fabulous class of 12 students, teaching at the Howard Fine Studio in North Melbourne. Find out more about Sally and her relationship to Shakespeare in this interview by Catherine Hallam at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia website: https://www.howardfinestudio.com.au/blog/2018/4/16/talking-shakespeare-with-sally-mclean In this next round of class, Sally will take up to 12 students through the world of Shakespeare and his texts, working on both scenes…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic & Speaking Daggers win four awards between them – plus more festival screenings to come! #Shakespeare #webseries #lovethebard

    SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC It has been an extraordinary couple of months here at the Republic on the international festival circuit, with a swathe of new official selections for the series, plus three amazing wins this month!! We were delighted to be officially selected for the Cardiff Mini Film Festival in Cardiff, Wales, the Short Cuts Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia, the Web Series Festival in Utah, USA, the Lit On Film Festival in New York, USA and the New Jersey WebFest in New Jersey, USA (for which we were also an Early Selection) over the past two months! We were even more thrilled to receive the following fifteen nominations for the…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    St Kilda Film Festival Recap #shakespeare #shortfilm #speakingdaggers #stkildafilmfest

    Is it June already!? Time for an update! Or rather, a re-cap of our wonderful experiences at the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival – two weeks to the day after the Closing Night. May was a huge month, for many reasons, but particularly due to Speaking Daggers being an official selection for the 2018 St Kilda Film Festival, as well as Republic creator, Sally McLean being invited to be on the panel “Let’s Talk Web Series” for the festival alongside fellow web series creators Warwick Holt, Leanne Tonkes and Alyce Adams. The Opening Night of the festival was huge with 3,000 people cramming into the Palais Theatre, St Kilda to…

  • Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    It’s a big two months of screenings coming up for the Republic! #Shakespeare #LoveTheBard

    We have a big two months coming up for the Republic! Both Shakespeare Republic and Speaking Daggers had a HUGE April run of screenings and it’s not letting up from here! To answer people’s questions about where they can see our work (in particular the short film that won’t be available online at any stage, due to distribution agreements in place), here is where you can catch us on the big screen around the world through to June! SPEAKING DAGGERS Screening Schedule May/June 2018 Unrestricted View Film Festival (2 screenings) Saturday April 28 at 2.00pm at the Vintage Mobile Cinema, London UK Buy Tickets: https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/buy-tickets/?ee=1472 Sunday April 29 at 1.30pm at the…

  • Discussion

    The Ides of March … Did Shakespeare get it right?

    Thanks to Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”, the phrase “Beware the Ides of March” has become something of a common saying. But why? And was Shakespeare correct in the date and depicting the events of Julius Caesar’s death? The answer is “yes” to both, even the bit about the Soothsayer warning Caesar about the “Ides of March” and Caesar dismissing the warning as a bunch of nonsense (which he didn’t live to regret). But what IS the Ides of March? The Ides of March marks the anniversary of Julius Caeser’s murder on March 15, 44 BC, by 60 of his senators at the age of 55. It is also marks the halfway…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Part 5: La La Land – New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … #LosAngeles #SupportIndieFilm #usa #Shakespeare

    And so, we finally come to the last instalment of our epic USA tour. Five flights down, we finally landed in LA once more for the last few days of our time in America, all ready for some R&R. Little did we know there was one last bit of excitement to come … from Rio! What an epic month November was! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley had the great pleasure of travelling around America for the Republic in the lead up to Thanksgiving, as you may have seen from our social media updates, and so we’re giving you a quick round-up of everything that happened, because it was…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Part 4: Peak City International Film Festival – New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … #PCIFF #SupportIndieFilm #usa #Shakespeare

    Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a fantastic break over the Christmas/New Year period and are coming into 2018 raring to go! We’ve had some wonderful news over the holiday period, with another official selection for Speaking Daggers and Shakespeare Republic and some big plans for Season Three of the Republic being formed.  But before we get onto all that, we need to cover the last two legs of our epic USA tour in November, so here’s Part 4 … North Carolina and the Peak City International Film Festival! What an epic month November was! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley had the great pleasure of travelling around…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Part 3: New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … #CINE #Award #digitalseries #usa #Shakespeare

    Today’s update covers the catalyst for us heading over to the USA last month … the CINE Celebrates ceremony in New York, where we were honoured to accept the award for Best Digital Series at the 60th CINE Golden Eagle Awards, alongside fellow winners, the Christian Slater series Mr Robot, National Geographic Channel’s MARS, Variety’s Actors On Actors and many more. Read on for all the fun from the media wall and event on November 17th … What an epic month November has been! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley have been travelling around America these past two weeks for the Republic, as you may have seen from our social media…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    New York, North Carolina & LA in twelve days … the USA adventure that was … Part Two #CINE #Award #friends #digitalseries #usa #Shakespeare

    What an epic month November has been! Republic members Sally McLean and Billy Smedley have been travelling around America these past two weeks for the Republic, as you may have seen from our social media updates, and now that the jetlag has worn off somewhat, we thought we should do a quick round-up because it’s been an action-packed trip and we want to share it with you as much as possible! So here’s Part Two of the Republic’s USA trip, straight from Creator/Director, Sally McLean … After the fantastic introduction to NYC at the NYC WebFest, we were straight into catching up with friends and colleagues based in New York,…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates,  Video

    Shakespeare Republic meets The Pepper Project … in New York! #video #chat #carisandsally #femaledirectors #womeninfilm

    We will be continuing our written diary updates from our USA trip shortly, but today we wanted to share this fun, short video from our time in New York, where Republic creator/director, Sally McLean, managed to finally meet The Pepper Project creator/director, Caris Vujcec, after months of emailing and facebooking – and it was like they’d known each other for years! This friendship that has sprung up from working in the digital sphere is testament to the wonderful collaborative nature of the web series world and the kind of support and appreciation so many of the creators on the circuit have for each other.  We’d like to thank Caris for…

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